Friends of Jacky Sutton, former BBC journalist found dead in Istanbul airport

The woman was found at Turkey's Ataturk Airport Robert Nickelsberg  Getty Images

Jacqueline Anne Sutton was found dead in the early hours of this morning.

Unsourced reports in local media said she had been tearful at the ticket counter after missing a connection and was later found hanged in a lavatory cubicle - although this has not been confirmed.

The BBC reported that she worked for the non-governmental organisation Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) in Iraq and usually went by the name Jackie.

After being told, she would have to buy a new ticket, she reportedly told airport staff she did not have enough money to purchase one.

Turkish media reported that the 50-year-old, also known as Jacky, had flown to the country from London and was due to catch a connecting flight to the Iraqi city of Erbil.

Her body was later discovered by three Russian passengers in an airport toilet, the Daily Hurriyet reports.

Tributes have poured in for Miss Sutton who was originally from Hertfordshire. "We all belong to God, and to God we return".

Its previous Iraq director Ammar Al Shahbander was killed in a vehicle bomb attack in Baghdad on 2 May and a memorial service was held for him in London last week, according to the IWPR website.